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I know this isn’t political… and it’s long, but it’s urgent.

See bottom for recent updates 

 My dad had a ski accident.  While skiing on my mom’s birthday (Dec. 30) my dad, caught air on a small jump that my brother had just gone up and over.  Dad was going a little faster, thus the short flight with the hard landing… it wasn’t powder he landed on, but hard packed snow.  It looked like nothing more than 4 fractured ribs and a small pneumothorax (a little air between his lungs and body wall) that should take care of itself.  He improved every day, but was still breathing pretty shallowly.  It was the sore calf, and inability to walk yesterday and today that made us come into the hospital ER. Bottom line…  The pneumothorax was big enough to cause his left lung to collapse significantly, to the point that they have put in a chest tube to remove the air that shouldn’t be where it is.  No wonder he was breathing so shallowly, the body wall couldn’t pull on his lungs to facilitate breathing.  The real problem was in the sore calf.  It is my mom’s understanding that there is a huge clot extending almost fully up his right leg, and quite a few clots in his lungs.  That’s not good.  As we know from Grandma’s adventures, you don’t want clots anywhere, especially not if they can get up to the brain and cause a stroke.  On Saturday they put in a permanent IVC filter, a titanium, umbrella-like mesh in his inferior vena cava (biggest vein leading to the heart) just before the kidneys.  This will protect him from any further clots going into his kidneys and heart (and his lungs).  All we really have to get past now are the clots in his lungs which should be broken down by his body.  We’re doing fine otherwise.  My dad is on the receiving end of the pumps and tubing that he sells to this very hospital.  We rest in God.  My dad will be in intensive care for 3 to 4 days and then on a regular patient floor.  He’s at Tacoma General Hospital in the ICU (intensive care unit).  Because he has access to IV pain medication, he is more chipper than he has been for several days.  All-in-all he’s been a patient patient with a pretty good attitude & gracious to those of us who’ve been trying to help without hurting him.  He does have to do some of those breathing exercises that are such a drag to do.If you want to know what to specifically pray for; pray for the clots (esp. in his lungs) to break up, and for his lung to re-establish itself properly. 

The recent update is that for my dad everything is going very well.  God’s hand and been so good and merciful.  To make a long story short, his lung is healing quickly and a ventilator that helps him to breathe through a tube is going to be removed today because he can start to breath by himself now.  He’s still in the ICU at Tacoma General Hospital and might be there for a few more days, but by God’s mercy, he is starting to heal.  The doctor found the source of his bleeding (an artery!) and sewed it up on Sunday, so he isn’t losing any more blood.  (Saturday night, they gave him a blood thinner medicine so he would stop producing clots, but he lost too much blood during the night from a wound that they couldn’t find… the artery… so they had to give him new blood.)  One thing that you could pray for is that the blood clots in my dads left leg, from what the doctor said, may make it so that my dad’s leg will never be the same again.  I don’t know the particulars though.  So, maybe if you could pray that those clots, however impossible it might be, if they would dissolve, go away, have a miracle and disappear, or somehow get rid of them, that would be great.

Thank you for your prayers and support!

Recent!

If you know me and would like to get recent updates of my dad.  Go to contacts and put in your request. 

He’s doing better and improving every day by the grace of God!

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January 9, 2007 - Posted by | Miscellaneous

3 Comments »

  1. I’m praying for your Dad and your family! I know it’s really hard having your Dad sick, my Dad had cancer when I was 10.

    I will continue to pray for you.

    Comment by Elyse | January 10, 2007 | Reply

  2. Thanks Elyse! If you would like daily updates on my dad, e-mail me… K?

    Comment by Betsy | January 10, 2007 | Reply

  3. Okay, I’ll try and email you tonight.

    Comment by Elyse | January 10, 2007 | Reply


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